This post is for Trauma Junkie, Surviving RT School, who has recently quit smoking (applauding you) and is starting a new carnival, A Source of Inspiration. The first edition is planned for Friday, February 13th. You have to love this logo!
Yes, it may be difficult to quit smoking, but the health benefits are many. So I would encourage you to halt your habit/kick your addiction to cigarettes.
Mark Twain said, "Quitting smoking is easy. I've done it a thousand times."
It often takes more than one try (maybe more than a thousand) to actually quit smoking, but it will be worth the effort.
No matter how old you are or how long you've smoked, quitting can help you live longer and be healthier. You will heal quicker. Your skin will age slower. If you stop smoking before age 50, you can cut your risk of dying in the next 15 years in half compared with those who keep smoking.
If you are a young woman who wants to have children, you can reduce the risk of having a low birth-weight baby by quitting smoking before or during the first 3-4 months of pregnancy. The act of quitting smoking will improve not just your health, but that of your child.
Immediate Health Benefits of Quitting
Here are some of the benefits that you will notice right away if you stop smoking.
- your breath will smell better
- your stained teeth get whiter
- your clothes and hair will smell better
- the yellow stains on your fingers and fingernails will disappear
- food will begin to taste better
- your sense of smell will return to normal
Benefits to Your Health Over Time
These are improvements you will notice to your health over time if you remain smoke free.
20 minutes after quitting:
Your heart rate and blood pressure drops.
12 hours after quitting:
The carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal.
2 weeks to 3 months after quitting:
Your circulation improves and your lung function increases.
1 to 9 months after quitting:
Coughing and shortness of breath decrease.
Risk of lung infection goes down.
1 year after quitting:
The excess risk of heart disease is half that of a smoker's.
5 years after quitting:
Your stroke risk is reduced to that of a non-smoker 5 to 15 years after quitting.
10 years after quitting:
The lung cancer death rate is about half that of a continuing smoker's.
The risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, cervix, and pancreas decrease, too.
15 years after quitting: The risk of coronary heart disease is the same as a non-smoker's.
An additional benefit is cost savings. Smoking is expensive and becoming more so as states continue to increase the sales taxes on cigarettes.
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